Our annual conference each spring provides a chance to meet in a casual and friendly environment, with readings, panels, and book fair at Coastal Alabama Community College, Fairhope Campus in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers brings together teachers of writing as well as, students, writers, editors, and publishers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and others from—or interested in— the Gulf Coast region and its writing.
Fairhope 2019 Keynote Speaker: Yolanda J. Franklin
Yolanda J. Franklin is the author of Blood Vinyls, her debut collection of poetry that Roxane Gay insists is a “must-must-must read.” Franklin is two-time Fulbright Scholar Award Finalist, a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, and a recipient of a 2016-17 McKnight Dissertation Fellowship and a Kingsbury writing award. Franklin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the 2017 Forbes Magazine #1 ranked HBCU, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where she teaches Writing Across the Curriculum certified courses and has been nominated for a Teaching Innovation Award. Her poems appear in the current issue or are forthcoming in the following journals: Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southern HumanitiesReview, and The Apalachee Review. Her poetry also appears in the recent anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop and is a two-time recipient of a J.M. Shaw Academy of American Poets Award. Franklin is a third generation Floridian, born in the state’s capital— Tallahassee.